Por­ta­ble pools sub­ject to same fenc­ing laws

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

DROWN­ING is the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable death in chil­dren aged 0-4 years in WA.

In the past 10 years, 10 per cent of drown­ing deaths in this age group oc­curred in por­ta­ble pools.

Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA (RLSSWA) has urged par­ents to be aware of the risk por­ta­ble pools can pose.

RLSSWA se­nior man­ager of health pro­mo­tion and re­search Lau­ren Nimmo said por­ta­ble pool own­ers of­ten think pool fenc­ing rules do not ap­ply to them be­cause they see the pool as a tem­po­rary struct

But if a por­ta­ble pool can hold wa­ter more than 30cm deep it is sub­ject to the same fenc­ing leg­is­la­tion as below-ground pools.

“The tragic con­se­quence of not fenc­ing a por­ta­ble pool was seen late last year, with two tod­dlers hos­pi­talised af­ter drown­ing in por­ta­ble pools,” she said.

For more about pool bar­ri­ers visit www.com­merce.wa. gov.au/build­ing-com­mis­sion.

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